Who are the Governors?

The school’s governing body is constituted as below and has a strong, collaborative relationship with the schools leadership team.

Roles and Reponsilities

Chair of Governors- Margaret Perkins
Clerk of Governors - Mrs Helen Miles
Safeguarding Governor- Maureen Atkinson

Curriculum Committee

Margaret Perkins (Chair)
Michelle Williams
Vanessa Cummings
Ali Scott
Sarah Mortimer

Finance & Premises Committee

Claire Grosvenor (Chair)
Victoria Bownes
Margaret Perkins
Daniel Harrison-Cox

Dr Margaret Perkins

Chair - Board of Governors

I have been in education for many years – as a teacher in primary schools around the country, as a headteacher and as a university tutor working in initial teacher education. I retired two years ago from full time work but keep in touch with the world of education as much as possible. My main interest in which I have researched and published is the teaching of reading and children’s literature. I lived in Sunninghill for many years and both my children attended St Michael’s; they are now both married but I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the school by serving as a governor. I chair the Curriculum Committee.

Vanessa Cummings

I joined the Governing Body in 2018. I retired in 2017, having started my career working as a Secretary in 10 Downing Street for four Prime Ministers over 17 years. After leaving No. 10 I moved into marketing management in the retail sector before finding my home in the charitable sector where my last role was as Chief Executive of a small charity working with children abandoned into state orphanages in Romania. I’ve lived in North Ascot for 15 years. I’ve been Treasurer of the Cordes Hall since 2012 and was recently elected Churchwarden at St Michael & All Angels in Sunninghill. With my partner Jim and our dog Lenny I enjoy lots of socialising with family and friends. To keep active I play ladies league hockey and lots of long walks in different parts of the country.

Ali Scott

I am married with two grown up children and have lived in Cheapside for over 27 years. I am a trained teacher and have worked in schools in Bow, East London, a rural secondary school north of Harare, Zimbabwe and lately in a secondary school in Bracknell as a SENDco. I would like to be as involved as possible with St MIchael's school and am particularly keen to support the school to enable and equip all students and in particular those with special educational needs. As a Christian, being involved in a church school is a very special privilege and I look forward to seeing the foundations of the Christian faith continuing to be woven in to the fabric of the school.

Claire Grosvenor

I am a local Mum of three daughters (and a dog). My girls all attended St Michael's and I look forward to offering my skills and experience to the school that gave them a great start in their formal education.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with PwC in Manchester before moving into industry and working for Vodafone, first in International Tax at HQ and then moving into Group Treasury (and passing my ACT and MCT exams).
Since becoming a parent I have been more involved in charity and voluntary sector work. I sat on the Committee of Bracknell Twins Club for several years including the role of Chair. During my time as a parent at St Michael's I was also active within the school PTA, volunteered in school and on school trips. In addition between 2013 and 2019 I was the Treasurer for Sunningdale Village Hall.
It will come as no surprise that I will therefore be working within the Finance and Premises Committee!

Michelle Williams

I have worked at St Michael’s Primary School since September 2016 and I currently teach part time across KS1 and KS2 covering PPA (teacher planning and preparation activities). I am also the Subject Leader for Religious Education and I am extremely proud to be part of a team that gained an ‘excellent’ rating in the most recent SIAMS inspection. I started my undergraduate education in the arts at Central Saint Martins, have a degree in Photography & Media and completed my teacher training at Brunel University. Before I moved into teaching I was in the retail management sector for over 12 years covering a variety of management positions including being an Area Manager and a Deputy General Manager in Oxford Street. I am very proud to be part of such a vibrant and happy school where the children are always respected individually and put first. I became a staff governor and sit on the curriculum committee to become more involved in the life of the school and to represent my colleagues. I feel very privileged to be part of a dedicated and hardworking team who constantly strive for excellence and the best possible outcomes for all our children.

Sarah Mortimer

Before coming to the parish of Sunninghill and South Ascot as a curate (a minister-in-training in the Church of England) I worked in the further education sector where I supported learners in gaining English qualifications adn improving literacy to enable them to take their next steps in education, life and work. I have a background in modern languages and have also spent time working in translation and teaching English as a second language. Since 1997 I have served as a school governor in an infant school, a junior school and a secondary school including as chair of governors so I’m pleased to able to bring that experience to my role as a Foundation Governor here at St Michael’s.

Victoria Bownes

My name is Victoria Bownes and in November 2020 I was voted in as a Parent Governor at St Michaels. I have a son at the school and will sit on the Finance and Premises Committee, alongside the full governing board. I am looking forward to working with the team and am keen to bring new initiatives to the governing body as we move forward.
I completed my A Levels at St George's School Ascot as a Music Scholar and then went on to study BA (Ed) Hons QTS in Primary Education at the University of Wales. Over the last 18 years I have taught at three leading prep schools. Beyond the classroom I have always been keen to drive wider initiatives enabling all pupils to shine. Over the most recent 8 years I have taught at a local prep school and have focused on inspiring students both inside and outside of the classroom, so they themselves have the opportunity to shine and reach their true potential.
Outside of working, I currently sit on the Executive Committee as Treasurer for the National Association of Pastoral Care in Education and in 2020 hosted their online awards to promote excellence for pastoral care in schools, colleges and universities.

Daniel Harrison-Cox

I'm married and have two young girls, one of which is at St Michael's. I wanted to take the opportunity to provide help, guidance and support the wider community and getting involved at the school is a great way to do this. I've spent the majority of my working career in construction in some form, mainly involved with building new homes on large scale residential developments in and around London. I'm a chartered construction manager (MCIOB) via the Chartered Institute of Building and am now a director for a managing agent where I run the residential estates management business and also provide estate management consultancy to property developers. I'm extremely passionate about building and delivering socially sustainable communities. I also sit on the Health, Safety and Fire Committee for the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA).

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